Eckerd College is a private four-year coeducational liberal arts college at the southernmost tip of St. Petersburg, Florida
Eckerd College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school awards both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. While known for programs in Marine Science, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, International Business, and Creative Writing, among other subjects, Eckerd offers majors covering the entire spectrum of the liberal arts. Degree programs in 38 fields are available, along with opportunities for student-designed majors.
From its founding, the college has encouraged responsible innovation in all of its academic programs. For example, Eckerd College originated the 4-1-4 academic calendar, with the “1” representing the Winter Term during the month of January, in which each student concentrates on a single class. Before graduation, students in nearly all majors are required to either pass a senior-year comprehensive examination or to complete a senior thesis project. All students must complete a senior seminar course in their final year.
Since Eckerd faculty are encouraged to be, and many are, active scholars, numerous undergraduate research opportunities are available to students. One such long-running research effort is D.A.R.W.I.N., a computer science project (partnered closely with marine science) to automate dolphin dorsal fin recognition. A United States Geological Survey center in St. Petersburg provides further research opportunities.
Supporting the academic program is the Peter H. Armacost library, a $15 million state-of-the-art facility opened in January 2005. The 55,000 sq ft (5,100 m2) two-story library is conveniently located near the college’s student center and dormitories. It houses book and periodical collections and features seating for about 400, including seventeen group-study rooms and fifty-eight computer stations. Both high-speed cable and wireless connectivity are available throughout the library.